Mike Judge

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Mike Judge
Mike Judge by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mike Judge at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born Michael Craig Judge
(1962-10-17) October 17, 1962 (age 51)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Residence Austin, Texas
Education St. Pius X High School
Alma mater University of California, San Diego (Bachelor of Science)
Occupation Actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician
Years active 1990–present
Notable work(s)
Home town Albuquerque, New Mexico
Spouse(s) Francesca Morocco
(m. 1989–present)
Children Charles Judge
Julia Judge
Lily Judge
Parents Jim Judge
Margaret Blue

Michael Craig "Mike" Judge (born October 17, 1962)[1] is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, film director, producer, and musician. He is best known as the creator and star of the animated television series Beavis and Butt-head (1993–1997, 2011), King of the Hill (1997–2010), and The Goode Family (2009).

He also wrote, directed and in some instances produced the films Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999), Idiocracy (2006) and Extract (2009). Judge is also known for his role as Donnagon Giggles in the Spy Kids movie franchise.

Early life and education[edit]

Michael Craig Judge is the second of three children born to archaeologist Jim Judge and librarian Margaret Blue. He was born in Guayaquil,[2] Ecuador,[1] where his father worked for a nonprofit organization promoting agricultural development. Judge was raised from age 7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Judge attended St. Pius X High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1986 from the University of California, San Diego.[3]

Career[edit]

After graduating from UCSD with a degree in physics, Judge's first job was as a programmer for the F-18 fighter at Support Systems Associates, Inc. In 1987 he moved to Silicon Valley to join Parallax Graphics[4], a startup video card company with about 40 employees based in Santa Clara. Disliking the company's culture and his colleagues ("The people I met were like Stepford Wives. They were true believers in something, and I don't know what it was"), Judge quit after less than three months and became a bass player with a touring blues band.[5] In the early 1990s he was playing blues bass with Doyle Bramhall and was a part of Anson Funderburgh's band for two years playing on 1990 Black Top Records release "Rack 'Em Up",[6] while taking graduate math classes at the University of Texas at Dallas.[5]

Animation, film and TV work[edit]

In 1989, after seeing animation cels on display in a movie theater, Judge purchased a Bolex 16 mm film camera and began creating his own animated shorts. In 1991, his short film "Office Space" (also known as the Milton series of shorts) was acquired by Comedy Central,[5] following a Dallas animation festival.

In 1992, he developed Frog Baseball,[5] a short film featuring the characters Beavis and Butt-head, to be featured on Liquid Television, a 1990s animation showcase that appeared on MTV. The short led to the creation of the Beavis and Butt-head series on MTV, in which Judge voiced both title characters as well as the majority of supporting characters. Beavis and Butt-head visited Wilson Middle School and attended Highland High School in their series, which are the names of schools in Albuquerque, Judge's hometown. The series ran from 1993 to 1997 and 2011, and also spawned the feature-length film, Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996).

In 1997, Judge created King of the Hill for the Fox Network. Many of the show's characters were based on people he had known while living in Texas. Judge voiced characters Hank Hill and Jeff Boomhauer. The show centers on the Hills, a middle-class Methodist family in the small suburban town of Arlen, Texas. It attempts to retain a naturalistic approach, seeking humor in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life while dealing with issues comically. The series ran from January 12, 1997 to May 6, 2010 with a total of 259 episodes aired. The show is the third longest running prime time animated series behind The Simpsons and South Park.

In 1999, Judge had a voice cameo in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, the feature-length film adaptation of the popular Comedy Central series; he voiced Kenny McCormick when he was unhooded towards the end of the film. That same year, he wrote and directed the live-action comedy film Office Space, which was based in part on the Milton series of cartoons he had created for NBC's Saturday Night Live. In the film, he made a cameo appearance as Stan (complete with hairpiece and fake mustache), the manager of Chotchkie's, a fictionalized parody of chain restaurants like Applebee's and TGI Friday's. As of mid-2006, Office Space had sold nearly six million home-video copies.

Since fall 2003, Judge and fellow animator Don Hertzfeldt have run an animation festival, "The Animation Show". "The Animation Show" tours the country every year, screening animated shorts.

In 2005, Mike Judge was presented with the Austin Film Festival's Outstanding Television Writer Award by Johnny Hardwick.

Judge's film, Idiocracy (2006), a dystopian comedy starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph, was given a limited release theatrically by 20th Century Fox in September 2006, two years after production. The film was released without a trailer or substantial marketing campaign.[7] In the U.S., the film was released to DVD in January 2007 and later aired on premium-television, multiplex channels: Cinemax in September 2007 and HBO in January 2008. Since then, it has gained a cult following.[8]

He has made cameo appearances in numerous films, including the comedy Jackass Number Two (2006), in which he can be seen during the closing credits. An extended version can be seen in Jackass 2.5 (2007) which was a direct-to-video release. Judge also created a video clip of Beavis and Butt-head ripping into Steve-O for his video Poke the Puss, where the two try imagining if they would like the video better if they were black. The clip aired as a part of Jackassworld.com: 24-Hour Takeover, a February 23, 2008 television special on MTV to coincide with the official launch of jackassworld.com.

Judge's comedy film Extract, in which he makes an uncredited appearance as Jim, a union organizer, was released on September 4, 2009.[9]

His newest animated series, The Goode Family, debuted on ABC and was cancelled after one season. It was confirmed on The Goode Family Facebook page that Comedy Central had picked up the reruns of the series,[10] and was to be evaluated for a chance of being renewed for a second season. Comedy Central first aired the series on January 4, 2010. However, the series was pulled off of the schedule shortly thereafter. It was officially confirmed by the production team on The Goode Family Facebook page that the show would not continue on Comedy Central.[10] It was later announced that Judge had begun outlining new episodes of Beavis and Butt-head for MTV's revival of the show.[11]

In 2012, Judge directed the music video (animation by Titmouse) for country music group Zac Brown Band's "The Wind".

In 2012, Judge announced that he is developing a sitcom for HBO called Silicon Valley, a single-camera live-action comedy, with King of the Hill executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. Judge will direct the pilot, which he co-wrote with Altschuler and Krinsky, which will be set in Northern California and will address the idea that "the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success". The pilot will be shot in the spring, and is being executive-produced by Scott Rudin alongside Judge, Altschuler and Krinsky, and 3 Arts' Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally.[12]

In 2013, Judge collaborated with Seth MacFarlane on a mashup episode of Family Guy. In this episode, complete with a Hill-themed opening, Judge reprises his role as Hank Hill.[13] Earlier in 2010 and 2012, Judge played cameos as Hill on two episodes of MacFarlane's The Cleveland Show.

Political views[edit]

Despite his King of the Hill protagonist Hank Hill being identifiable as a conservative[14] and his The Goode Family being essentially a satire of many liberal precepts, Judge avoids discussing his political leanings. The Goode Family has been called[15] a conservative show, and it has been suggested by the conservative site Newsbusters that the show's negative reviews were a consequence of liberals having a poor sense of humor.[16]

In reviewing Idiocracy, Salon stated, "Judge's gimlet eye is so ruthless that at times his politics seem to border on South Park libertarianism."[17] A writer for the libertarian Reason seems to agree, comparing King of the Hill to the anti-authoritarian point-of-view of South Park and The Simpsons, though he calls the show more populist, noting the disdain King of the Hill seems to have for bureaucrats, professionals, and big-box chains.[18]

Still, Judge denies having political messages in his shows, saying in an IGN interview about King of the Hill:[14]

I try to not let the show get too political. To me, it's more social than political I guess you'd say, because that's funnier. I don't really like political reference humor that much. Although I liked the episode "Hank's Bully" where Hank's talking to the mailman and he says, 'Why would anyone want to lick a stamp that has Bill Clinton on it?' To me that's just like more of a character thing about Hank than it is a political joke or anything. I don't want to do a bunch of stuff about the war, particularly.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor Role
1991–1994 Milton (Saturday Night Live shorts) Yes Yes Yes Milton Also did animation and music
1991 The Honky Problem Yes Yes Yes Yes Inbred Jed
1992 Frog Baseball Yes Yes Yes Yes Beavis, Butt-head, additional characters
1992 Peace, Love and Understanding Yes Yes Yes Yes Beavis, Butt-head, David Van Driessen, additional characters
1993–1997, 2011 Beavis and Butt-head Yes Yes executive Yes Beavis, Butt-head, David Van Driessen, Tom Anderson, Principal McVicker, Coach Buzzcut, additional characters 222 episodes; Also functioned as creator, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor and did musical theme
1993–2009 Late Show with David Letterman Yes Beavis, Butt-head 3 episodes
1994 Airheads Yes Voiced Beavis and Butt-head on the radio
1994 The Head Yes Butt-head Episode: "The Head/The Date"
1996 Beavis and Butt-head Do America Yes Yes Yes Yes Beavis, Butt-head, David Van Driessen, Tom Anderson, Principal McVicker
1997–2010 King of the Hill Yes executive Yes Hank Hill, Jeff Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley, additional characters 259 episodes; Also functioned as creator
1997 The Simpsons Yes Hank Hill Episode: "Bart Star"
1997 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Yes Himself Episode: "Sphinx"
1997 69th Academy Awards Yes Beavis, Butt-head TV Special
1999 Office Space Yes Yes Yes Stan
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Yes Kenny McCormick unhooded saying "goodbye"
2001 Spy Kids Yes Donnagon/Donnamight
2002 Serving Sara Yes Motel manager
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Yes Donnagon Giggles
2002 Saturday Night Live Yes Beavis, Butt-head Episode: "Jon Stewart/India.Arie"
2003 Frasier Yes Sexual harassment facilitator, Van Episode: "The Harassed"
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Yes Donnagon Giggles
2006 Idiocracy Yes Yes Yes Also wrote story
2006 Jackass Number Two Yes Himself Cameo
2006 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Yes Aliens Episode: "Antenna"
2007 The Animation Show Yes Beavis, Butt-head Judge functioned as animator
2009 The Goode Family Yes executive Yes Gerald Goode, The Average Guy 13 episodes; Also functioned as creator
2009 Extract Yes Yes Yes Yes Jim
2010 Jackass 3D Yes Beavis, Butt-head Cameo
2010–2012 The Cleveland Show Yes Hank Hill 2 episodes
2011 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Yes Beavis, Butt-head 2 episodes
2012 The Wind Yes Music video (Zac Brown Band)[19]
2013 Family Guy Yes Hank Hill Episode: "Bigfat"
2013 R.I.P.D. Yes Various Deado Voices
2014 Silicon Valley Yes Yes executive Also functioned as creator

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
1994 CableACE Award for Best Comedy Series Beavis and Butt-head Nominated
1997 Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Voice Acting by a Male Performer in a TV Production King of the Hill for Hank Hill Nominated
1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program King of the Hill for "Square Peg" Nominated
1997 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo Beavis and Butt-head Do America for Beavis & Butt-head Nominated
1997 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple Beavis and Butt-head Do America for Beavis & Butt-head Nominated
1997 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star Beavis and Butt-head Do America for Beavis & Butt-head Nominated
1997 Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production King of the Hill Nominated
1997 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy King of the Hill Nominated
1998 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program King of the Hill Nominated
1998 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon King of the Hill Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program King of the Hill for "Texas City Twister" Nominated
1999 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program King of the Hill for "And They Call It Bobby Love" Won
1999 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program King of the Hill Nominated
2000 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production King of the Hill for Hank Hill Nominated
2001 American Comedy Award for Funniest Television Series - Animated King of the Hill Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program King of the Hill for "Chasing Bobby" Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program King of the Hill for "Bobby Goes Nuts" Nominated
2003 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode King of the Hill for "My Own Private Rodeo" Nominated
2004 Certificate of Merit Won
2005 Satellite Award for Outstanding Overall DVD Office Space Nominated
2005 Satellite Award for Outstanding DVD Extras Office Space Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series King of the Hill Nominated
2006 Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production King of the Hill Nominated
2007 People's Choice for Favorite Animated Comedy King of the Hill Nominated
2008 People's Choice for Favorite Animated Comedy King of the Hill Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program King of the Hill for "Death Picks Cotton" Nominated
2008 Annie Award for Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production King of the Hill Nominated
2009 Prism for Best Comedy Episode King of the Hill for "Dia-BILL-ic Shock" Won
2009 Winsor McCay Award Won
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Animated Series Beavis and Butt-head Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bozzola, Lucia. "Mike Judge". All Movie Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors Online (2009)
  3. ^ Brown, Chip (March 26, 1996). "He's the Father of Beavis and Butt-head, Huh, Huh". Associated Press via the Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  4. ^ "'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better?". April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Scott, Zachary (2014-04). "Mike Judge Does Silicon Valley". Wired. pp. 88–93. 
  6. ^ "Bman's Blues Report: What does Anson Funderburgh have to do with Beavis and Butt-Head". Bmans blues report. December 7, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Patterson, John (September 8, 2006). "Stupid Fox". The Guardian. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  8. ^ Walker, Rob (May 4, 2008). "This Joke’s for You". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Staff writer (April 28, 2008). "Bateman, Judge Pair for Extract — Jason Bateman Will Star as a Flower Extract Plant Owner in Writer-Director Mike Judge's Third Feature Comedy Extract. The Hollywood Reporter (via Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  11. ^ Starr, Michael (July 15, 2010). "They're back!". New York Post. 
  12. ^ Gold, Jon. "Mike Judge to write dang-old Silicon Valley comedy for HBO, man". Network World. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ Snierson, Dan. "'Family Guy' meets 'American Dad' meets... 'King of the Hill'?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Eric Goldman. "Interview: Mike Judge Reaches the Top of the Hill". 
  15. ^ "The Top 25 Conservative TV Shows of the last 25 Years". 
  16. ^ Mitchell Blatt. "Newspapers Bristle at Thought of Liberalism Being Mocked in 'The Goode Family'". 
  17. ^ Stevens, Dana (2007-01-12). "Mike Judge's Idiocracy reviewed. - By Dana Stevens - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  18. ^ Jesse Walker (2003-12-14). "Animated Discourse". Reason.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  19. ^ "Mike Judge Directs 'Robo Redneck' video for Zac Brown's "The Wind"". Wqyk.cbslocal.com. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 

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